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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Preview: Matt MacKellar Band - Jan 10

(Preview by Russell)
One week tonight (Thursday 10) there is only one place to be and that's the Black Swan Bar in Newcastle Arts Centre. The debut gig by the Matt MacKellar Band is set to be an 'I was there' occasion. 

Drummer Matt MacKellar is home on a short break from his studies at Berklee, Boston, Mass. Last week, as a key member of the Francis Tulip Quartet, Matt played a hugely successful gig at Newcastle Jazz Co-op's Railway Street premises. The Globe was heaving and next week a similarly large crowd is expected at the Westgate Road basement venue. 

The Matt MacKellar Band is a new project reworking neo-soul cuts with a tip-of-the-hat to million-selling Floetry and current favourites like Robert Glasper. Sharing the stand with Matt will be friend, pianist Ben Lawrence, himself enjoying a winter break from his studies (Mathematics!) at Durham University, and virtuoso bassist Andy Champion. Add a vocal dimension - the dynamic Niffi Osiyemi - to the mix and you have the makings of an intriguing evening of soul, jazz, hip-hop, r & b and more. 

If next Thursday (January 10) is your first gig of 2019 it's sure to set the standard. Arrive early to claim a seat, it's an eight o’clock start. £6 on the door (£4 concessions). Remember, in years to come you'll be able to say: I-was-there! 
Russell.
Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 54 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 51SG.

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